STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

SNOW Blocks

Decorate for winter with charming blocks of cozy wool softly frosted with snowy drifts of needlefelted fiber and the cutest snowman south of the NP!
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Debra Quartermain

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: one 1-1/2"; three 1"
  • Cubes, five 3"
  • Egg, 3"
  • Sheet, scrap
Other Materials
  • Wool roving: 1/8 oz. black; 1/4 natural; scraps of orange and red
  • Wool felt, 9" x 12" sheets: gold; sage green;
  • natural; two berry red
  • Coordinating striped cotton fabric, 1-1/2" x 12"
  • Black buttons: three round; one heart-shaped
  • Twigs, two 3"

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Round wooden toothpicks, five
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle and black floss, one skein
  • Straight pins
  • Needlefelting tool
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Followmanufacturer's instructions.
  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut a1"-thick slice from end of one foam cube. Use glue gun to gluepartial cubes to ends of two more cubes, creating one 5"block, two 3" cubes and one 4" block. Press large end of foamegg and one side of larger foam ball against work surface toflatten slightly.
  • 2. Cut 5" x 12" red wool felt strip. Apply white glue to edgesof strip and wrap around sides of largest foam block; pin inplace. Cut two 3" red squares and glue to top and bottom ofblock; pin in place. Let dry; remove pins.
  • 3. Repeat Step 2 to cover 3" cubes with gold and red woolfelt, cutting 3" x 12" strips to cover sides of each cube. Cut4" x 12" green strip and 3" green squares for last block.
  • 4. Cut patterns from felt as indicated. Glue holly leavestogether in pairs; let dry. Glue letters to blocks as shown,applying thin line of white glue down center of each letter;let dry. Use three strands black floss to stitch letters towool felt background. Sew straight stitch down center of eachholly leaf; set aside.
  • 5. Cover top of each block with loose clump of natural woolroving as shown in photo, spot gluing to secure. Needlefeltwool slightly to secure roving to top of block.
  • 6. Glue end of one toothpick into bottom of 1-1/2" foam ball.Apply glue to opposite end and push firmly into narrow end offoam egg to create snowman shape.
  • 7. Wrap snowman with natural roving and needlefelt wool tosecure. Pull two tiny pieces of black roving and needlefelteyes. Make small ball of orange roving and needlefelt to facefor carrot nose. Needlefelt thin strip of red roving to facefor smile. Glue second toothpick halfway into bottom of body.
  • 8. Tie cotton fabric scarf around neck; trim ends. Gluebuttons down body. Poke small hole in each side of body usingscissors tip; glue twig arms into holes.
  • 9. Pull medium-sized ball of black wool roving and needlefeltinto circle on foam sheet scrap, flipping several times toprevent it sticking to foam sheet. Circle should be about 1/4"thick and slightly larger across than top of snowman's head.Needlefelt center of hat brim to head.
  • 10. Pull more black roving and needlefelt into tall, 3D hatcrown shape; turn fiber several times while needlefelting toprevent it sticking to foam sheet. Needlefelt crown to brim,adding more roving as needed to fill out hat shape as desired.
  • 11. Apply glue to end of snowman toothpick and push into top of gold "n" block.Glue leaves and berries to front of "S" block as shown.
  • 12. Wrap each 1" foam ball with natural roving; needlefeltwool to foam. Glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of eachball. Apply glue to toothpick ends and push into top of "w"block; refer to photo as placement guide.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:JOY SnowmanGlistening, Felted Snowman OrnamentArctic Snow House